All Stars T20 Ajman subject of ICC ACU investigation
Shaji Ul Mulk,secretary general of the Ajman Cricket Council.
Dubai - The match in question was between the Dubai Bulls and Sharjah Warriors
By KT Report
Published: Wed 31 Jan 2018, 6:56 PM
Last updated: Thu 1 Feb 2018, 11:16 PM
The UAE is home to several small cricket tournaments being played out in grounds across Ajman and Umm Al Quwain. And while most of them have gone on without a hitch, one tournament has raised more than a few eyebrows and which has even made the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's governing body, to take notice. The All Stars T20 Ajman which had begun at the Ajman Oval a couple of days ago is the subject of an ICC investigation with its Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) having a look into it. The League, which involved cricketers from the region as well as a few former internationals, came under the scanner after footage showed some scarcely believable dismissals. The League was being telecast on Neo Sports. The match in question was between the Dubai Bulls and Sharjah Warriors with several Dubai Bulls batsmen being stumped or run out during their chase of 136. A two-minute-and-36-second video has gone viral on Youtube. And it didn't go unnoticed with the Emirates Cricket Board, the Ajman Cricket Council as well as the ICC weighing in on the matter. "The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is aware that the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is currently investigating the All Stars T20 Ajman, that took place in Ajman, UAE, recently. The ECB can confirm that it did not approve the staging of this tournament, and has advised the ICC accordingly," ECB Board member and spokesperson Zayed Abbas, said in a statement. Meanwhile, Shaji Ul Mulk, who is the secretary general of the Ajman Cricket Council, has already taken action by suspending the affiliation of the Ajman Oval. "Ajman Oval has been found to be in violation of the affiliation agreement with Ajman Cricket Council and conducting disapproved cricket. We had no option but to suspend the affiliation of Ajman Oval," Shaji Ul Mulk said, adding no further comment will be made at this stage. The League is currently under investigation by the ICC. firstname.lastname@example.org